Friday
Oct 25
2013
October 25, 2013

A Day of Action: Supporting Our Communities

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One year ago, Hurricane Sandy took 72 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and affected millions of people across the Eastern United States, including in New York City. Clinton Foundation employees, supporters and friends mobilized through a Day of Action to help our New York City neighbors begin the road to recovery.  In less than 24 hours, 1,000 people committed to helping in whatever way they could – and they showed up and did just that.

The importance of community service, particularly after a crisis, has always been a deeply held value in my family. Last year’s Day of Action proved once again that working together, we can harness the power of community to improve the lives of our larger community.

 Last year’s Day of Action proved once again that working together, we can harness the power of community to improve the lives of our larger community.

What began after Sandy, is now a permanent Clinton Foundation program. That single day inspired us to organize more opportunities to give back, expanding to reach other communities across the country.  In the past year, we organized five Days of Action, which together mobilized a total of 2,500 people in Chicago, St. Louis, and the New York City area.  During these service days, with help from our partners, we donated more than 14,000 volunteer hours, served 267,000 hot meals, packed 11,000 pounds of food to distribute, gave out more than 900 coats, installed 100 solar panels, and painted 50 classrooms. 

Often times we forget that once the news trucks leave, communities struck by disasters like Sandy face a long and difficult road to recovery.  So this Saturday, in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the storm, we’ve organized another Day of Action with the St. Bernard Project, NYC Service, and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, to continue our support for the recovery of local families, communities and businesses who were hardest hit by the hurricane.

In the following year, we want to give even more people the opportunity to serve their communities, and we plan to organize additional service days to continue to give back where we can make a difference.

In the following year, we want to give even more people the opportunity to serve their communities, and we plan to organize additional service days to continue to give back where we can make a difference. I encourage you to get involved with this year’s Day of Action in New York on Saturday, October 26, or by doing whatever you can to help those in need where you live. It’s up to us to support our neighbors; we often forget that big impacts often result from lots of small acts by many people, working together.